Benefits of Pre-anesthetic Blood Work

1. Can have congenital problems associated with liver or kidney which could alter how anesthesia is handled by their body.

Blood chemistry test will evaluate kidney, liver and pancreatic function and ability to normally recover from the anesthetic agents. Also can evaluate for diabetes, hyperthyroidism, pancreatitis .

CBC (complete blood count) is done to rule out blood-related conditions like anemia, clotting problems, inability to fight infections, etc.

Electrolyte tests to ensure pet is not suffering from dehydration or electrolyte imbalance.

Urinalysis to screen for urinary tract infections and other disease and to evaluate the kidney's ability to concentrate urine and filter anesthetic agents from blood stream.

2. Adult/senior animals – organ dysfunction – decreases their ability to break down and excrete anesthetic drugs. If RBC is low, makes it difficult for pet to get enough oxygen which in turn can cause complications, such as cardiac arrest.

3. Pets can have mild to moderate levels of organ dysfunction or anemia without actually appearing sick.

4. Trauma, diseases and infections can increase the risk of anesthetic complications. Pre-operative blood work along with tailoring the anesthesia for the pet can minimize the risks.

Note: Pre-anesthetic blood work is not a guarantee but does allow the veterinarian to have a better idea of the health of the animal in order to have a complication free procedure.